The architect has finished his first round of schematic designs and is revising them for design development with the help of Taylor and Parrish, a construction firm. This is intended to keep potential future construction costs as low as possible. Finalized construction drawings will be produced by the end of the summer. The initial scope of the project has changed to concentrate first on the improvements to the front of the building (the gathering areas, new restroom facilities, and new office suite) and a much-needed unisex bathroom on the second floor of the education wing. Other aspects of the original design can be added later when additional funding as been secured.
Congregation Council has set the construction cost limit at $2.6 million, but the total project cost will be higher and will include "soft costs" such as hiring a construction manager, permit costs, furnishings, and wiring for new internet/technology systems.
Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2019, pending final approval by vote of the congregation at a meeting in fall 2018.